NEWS RELEASE                                                                                        MAY 2012      

World Scrubber Market to Exceed $6.5 Billion Next Year

In 2013 sales of scrubbers, absorbers, adsorbers and biofilters will exceed $6.5 billion according to the latest forecast in the McIlvaine online report, Scrubber/Adsorber/Biofilter World Markets.

($ Millions)

World Region






East Asia


Eastern Europe


Middle East




South & Central America


West Asia


Western Europe




East Asia will be the regional leader with purchases of just under $2.4 billion. This region is investing heavily in basic industry. Furthermore, environmental regulations are forcing investments at existing plants. Steel plants in China, semiconductor plants in Taiwan and pulp mills in Indonesia all require scrubbers for particulate and acid gas removal from the stack discharges.

One of the biggest new markets in the coming five years will be for SO2 scrubbers to capture the exhausts from large vessels burning low quality fuels. The major ship builders are located in East Asia.

In the Middle East, the biggest markets are in oil and gas including refining. Hydrogen sulfide must be removed from extracted gas. Refining of oil requires scrubbers for catalytic crackers and many other applications.

In Europe, waste-to-energy remains one of the bigger markets. Scrubbers capture the hydrogen chloride and sulfur dioxide formed in the combustion of garbage.

This forecast does not include the scrubbers used to treat coal-fired power plant flue gas. This application is covered in a separate McIlvaine report. However, this forecast does include the scrubbers used in the processes converting coal to liquids or gases. The tough regulations being forced on coal-fired power plants in the U.S. will reduce the demand for coal. The resultant availability of substantial coal supplies will lead to significant construction of facilities to convert coal into liquids and gases. This will be a growth market for the scrubber industry.

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